Drawing from a multitude of cultural, institutional, and fantastical influences Ozi Magaña strives to create a body of work that is as diverse as it is unique. His artistic style is heavily influenced by classical figure painting and contemporary illustration. This is a man who isn't afraid to show you his technical skill and childhood heroes simultaneously. Growing up on a healthy diet of comic books and cartoons Ozi knew almost immediately uponn entering this world that he wanted to create visual imagery. Once out of high school he began a serious pursuit in the study of anatomy, to better understand the dynamic work he was so intent on creating. Lost he became upon the study of light displayed by the likes of Carravagio and Goya and through their work learned a new found love for the level of drama paintings could possess.
Eventually Ozi would go back to his childhood obsession of the super heroic. He would begin to break apart and recombine these classic tales with his own heritage in order to show that these stories and characters were universal, timeless even. Why couldn't there be a spider-esque avenger swinging through the jungles and pyraminds of the pre-columbian world? How much would the civil rights movement have changed if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could read minds or if Malcolm X could manipulate metal? These are worlds Ozi dreams of living in and ones he is determined to bring into reality albeit on a visual scale.
Ozi believes in a diversity of disciplines. While his main focus has been oil painting he also uses acrylics, gouache, watercolors, pen and ink, pastels, charcoal, graphite, mixed media and spraypaint. He also wants to incorporate more sculpture and installation into his work to help push his paintings into a new direction.
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